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Making Mirrors

GotyeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)

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Fairfax Recordings / Universal Republic
ABOUT MAKING MIRRORS
Ask Belgian-born Gotye about his new album Making Mirrors (Fairfax Recordings / Universal Republic), out this winter, and he'll speak not of songs, but of sounds. Listen to Making Mirrors and you'll be drawn in by the details, transported to a world where every moment matters.
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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Republic
  • ASIN: B006LQQ1GE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Making Mirrors
2. Easy Way Out
3. Somebody That I Used To Know
4. Eyes Wide Open
5. Smoke And Mirrors
6. I Feel Better
7. In Your Light
8. State Of The Art
9. Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You
10. Giving Me A Chance
11. Save Me
12. Bronte

Editorial Reviews

2012 release from Belgian-Aussie artist Wally de Backer AKA Gotye. If you like your music original, interesting, with killer hooks and an arty slant then this is for you. Standout track, 'Someone That I Used to Know' has just become the biggest selling Australian record since Savage Garden's 'Truly Madly Deeply' in 1995. You won't regret this album, you'll wear it out.

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional record. One of the best of 2012 so far... February 18, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I bought this for the singles Somebody I Used to Know and Easy Way Out. Those songs are great, but I was pleased when I found that the rest of the disc is an absolute treasure. In fact, I think every track is fantastic, save for perhaps the brief opener. I'm shocked at how good each song is, and equally shocked to read a review on here that says something along the lines of each song sounding the same. I don't think that could be further from the truth! Gotye skips genres or at least influences from one song to the next. Easy Way Out reminds me of a Beck jam, Somebody that I Used to Know could be any one of a great many songwriters. The lyrics are pure and honest, production is sparse at first... and grows as the song progresses with a powerhouse vocal performance on the choruses. Equally powerful vocals on the next track, Eyes Wide Open, which reminds me possibly of Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music. The next, Smoke & Mirrors, is admittedly my probably least favorite on the disc, but is still worth a listen. The next two tracks take a very positive and upbeat turn. I Feel Better sounds like Motown at it's best/happiest with it's synthesized horns and vocals in the vein of Smokey Robinson. In Your Light is equally ebullient with horns and a lively vocal and peppy keyboards. After that, State of the Art is a hilarious track with astounding production that reminds me of Ween's very best work. The next (Don't Worry... We'll Be Watching) is a spare electronica track with a gorgeous creeping bassline and foggy electric sounds behind. The last 3 tracks all have a beautiful melancholy to them but all have their own flow. The closer Bronte is a beautifully emotional piece indicative of what Gotye seems best at - taking a somewhat simple or typical subject and creating a gorgeous piece of music out of. Read more ›
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Somebody that I used to know.... March 19, 2012
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If you are looking at this album because you like "Somebody that I used to Know" then you should check out "Like Drawing Blood," Gotye's first album. While Making Mirrors is good, it doesn't have the same cohesiveness that Like Drawing Blood has. There are more songs with that sound, similar to Somebody that I used to know, on Like Drawing Blood (Heart's a Mess and Coming back are my favorites). That said if you are a fan of Gotye you'll like this album.
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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... Gotye breaks out January 27, 2012
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Gotye (pronounced: go-ti-yay) is the stage moniker of Belgium-born Wally de Backer, who moved to Australia at a young age and it is there that he built his musical career. Gotye has been at it for a number of years as part of the Aussie band the Basics but also issuing several solo albums: in 2003 there was "Boardface" and in 2006 "Like Drawing Blood" (remixed the next year as "Mixed Blood"). Now after a 5 year absence comes the new album. If you're not familiar with the sound of Gotye, the best comparison I can think of would be a strangely appealing mix of Beck, George Michael and Seal, if you can believe that.

"Making Mirrors" (originally released in August, 2011; 12 tracks; 42 min.) starts off with the 1 min. appetizer that is the title track, only then then dive into "Easy Way Out". The third track is "Somebody That I Used to Know", a duet with New Zealand singer Kimbra, and the single that has propelled this album out of obscurity last year into a megahit in Australia and Europe (check out also the video of this song, not to be missed!). "Smoke and Mirrors" is an irresitable stomper. "I Feel Better" sounds like Motown-revisted. "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You" is a reggae tune. The musical flavors are all over on this album, and as a result this is a very diverse-sounding and immensly enjoyable Gotye album.

This album was released outside the US last August. I picked up the physical CD on a recent home visit to Belgium, where the album remains a top seller 5 months after its release. While the album has been available as an import here on Amazon, the album is finally getting a proper release in the US in early 2012. It's not too late to jump on the Gotye band wagon! His upcoming US tour is already sold out in most venues. Meanwhile "Making Mirrors" is highly recommended!
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! November 25, 2011
Belgian-Aussie artist Gotye (Wally de Backer) delivers a great art-pop album in the form of Making Mirrors. If you like your music original, interesting, with killer hooks and an arty slant then this is for you. Standout track, Someone That I Used to Know has just become the biggest selling Australian record since Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply in 1995. You won't regret this album, you'll wear it out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical immersion for the senses! February 15, 2012
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"Making Mirrors," is a breath of fresh air for the intense musical lover. Influences abound to create a different style/sound for each track. Despite the differences; each track carefully flows into the other with smoothness and ease. Gotye is a master of addicting hooks and melodies. "Making Mirrors," is a tidal wave of resonanting sounds. I feel completely immersed while listening to each track. There is no way to, "box," this album, so don't try. It's genius all on it's own. I can't stop listening to it. I've had it on repeat, non stop since I bought it. I couldn't be more pleased! I just bought tickets to see him on April 2nd, and will be purchasing, "Like Drawing Blood," next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Margot S.
5.0 out of 5 stars not on producing a good product. This record is just meh
I have come to expect less from anything that is manufactured in today's market. All emphasis in on profit, not on producing a good product. Read more
Published 7 days ago by David R. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Also appears to be a great
Very versatile production. He covers a wide array of musical types. It has a very unique sound. Wally is a very talented musician. Also appears to be a great collaborator
Published 8 days ago by neozenov
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Love, love, love = listen to it at least once a day
Published 13 days ago by Rits W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 20 days ago by Tabetha Baer
3.0 out of 5 stars Really only one good song
Per usual, I bought this CD because I like to fully support the artists that I like. Gotye is new to me and reminds me a little of Beck, but I'm not fond of the mad electronica in... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kate Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice for a collection
Interesting mix of music from Gotye - especially like "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Published 21 days ago by Marilyn Hyler
3.0 out of 5 stars but I feel it's kind of like the club manager talking to Prince in...
Bought it for the #1 worldwide hit, "Somebody That I Used to Know", of course. But most of the rest of the album is very, very eclectic. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gregory L Oberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An enjoyable cd
Published 23 days ago by KBZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat music
Very enjoyable album
Published 1 month ago by C. Gallagher
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